Signed by EH Shepard and accompanied by a note on his headed notepaper reading “with ♥ and xx from Christopher Robin”, it made £3800 in a November 18 book sale held by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn.
The November 18 sale’s most expensive lot, at £5400, was an 1848 first (second issue) copy of Anne Brontë’s Tennant of Wildfell Hall, the three volumes bound in half calf gilt.
Well-bound individual works and literary sets were a notable feature of the sale overall.
Ephemeral material included a collection of around 30 catalogues, brochures, price lists, etc, that made £2100 rather than the suggested £60-80. Like the example illustrated here, they were mostly issued by Fortnum & Mason, but Crosse & Blackwell, Harvey Nichols, and Bellerby of York, wallpaper manufacturer, were also featured, along with playing card designs by Macmichaels.
Bid to £1400 was a collection of some 47 photographs focused on the ‘Great Week of Aviation at Heliopolis’ in Egypt in 1910, an event that – with the exception of a few flights in North Africa made by French pilots in late 1909 – marked the first flights in the Arab world.